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Behind the News - October 2016

Behind the News - October 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Florida destroyed an advanced communications satellite developed in Israel, throwing the Israeli satellite industry into crisis. Worth between US $200-300 million, the Amos-6 satellite was the most sophisticated built in Israel's history and had been leased by Fa

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage Categories: International Jewry, Iran     Author: Annika Hernroth-Rothstein

The advantages the Jews experienced under the rule of the Shah - high socioeconomic status, strong ties to Israel and the United States - became liabilities in the age of the Ayatollahs. As in many other dark eras in Jewish history, the Jews were accused of stealing the country's treasures, and flye

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The Cyber-War Era

The Cyber-War Era Categories: Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: AIJAC Staff

Last month's Melbourne International Film Festival featured Alex Gibney's documentary Zero Days, taking viewers deep into the world of cyber warfare through the story of Stuxnet - the infamous cyber weapon that was unleashed on the centrifuges at Iran's secret nuclear facility in late 2008. Reported

More Iran deal loopholes/ The war on Syria's hospitals Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates    

This Update looks at the implications of the revelation last week of a number of previously not publicly known loopholes or exceptions granted Iran in January as part of the implementation of the nuclear deal - as exposed by the the Institute for Science and International Security, a thinktank run b

Behind the News - September 2016

Behind the News - September 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism    

In the wake of the charges laid on August 4 by Israel against Muhammad el-Halabi, the head of the charity World Vision in Gaza, for allegedly diverting large amounts of aid to Hamas, Israel announced on August 9 that it had also arrested and charged a UN Development Program (UNDP) contractor, Waheed

Why Khamenei thinks he won

Why Khamenei thinks he won Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Jay Solomon

Since the completion last year of a landmark deal limiting Iran's nuclear program, the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has lashed out again and again at the US for its supposed failure to live up to its end of the bargain. But a speech he gave on Aug. 1 in Teheran took his anti-Ame

Behind the News - August 2016

Behind the News - August 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Meanwhile, on July 17 the Izz a-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, announced that it had opened its annual summer camps which incorporate military training, and that this year's theme is "soldiers of Jerusalem". More than 30,000 Gaza youths are expected to attend the camps, which, the Brigad

Iran's Support for Terror under the JCPOA

Iran's Support for Terror under the JCPOA Categories: International Security, Iran, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

When the JCPOA was implemented in January, terrorism-related sanctions remained in place against Iran, and US officials promised they would hold Teheran accountable for any such activity despite the lifting of nuclear sanctions. As Secretary of State John Kerry noted on January 21, "If we catch them

Compliance Costs

Compliance Costs Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Emily B. Landau

Observers of the Iran deal will note that since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) "Implementation Day" in mid-January 2016, two International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports have been released that appear to offer a somewhat rosy view of Iran's behaviour, concluding that Iran has so

Why plans to "moderate" the Iranian regime are failing Categories: Iran, Updates    

It is now widely being acknowledged that there is little sign that the Iranian regime is moderating its internal or external policies in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), signed last year and supposedly implemented in January. This Update features

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